In a statement released on Neverwin Poker, it was confirmed that Brandi Hawbaker committed suicide this past Sunday. She was only 26.
Brandi was a magnetic yet ultimately tragic figure in the poker world. She rose to fame after coming out of nowhere to cash at the 2006 Festa al Lago WPT event at Bellagio and subsequently became embroiled in numerous scandals, including the infamous "Captain Tom's Penis" incident which she detailed on the Two Plus Two forums, inspiring one of the most-viewed threads in the site's history. More recently, her ex-boyfriend Brandon took to the forums to spill details of their relationship. Brandi was last known to be living in the Los Angeles area and playing cash games at the Commerce Casino.
Brandi attracted drama wherever she went, whether it was playing in the World Series and drawing every lens in the room to her table or sticking a Full Tilt patch on her nipple. It's no secret that she had severe emotional problems and had self-harmed before. She will be sorely missed by many, and the poker world won't be the same without her. My heart goes out to her family.
Rest in peace, Brandi.
I'll write more when I get home, but for now, I have to get out of Monte Carlo and catch an early-morning flight to Frankfurt.